Thursday, August 27, 2015

edison jesse indistinct

“I believe in my work and the joy of it. You have to be with the work and the work has to be with you. It absorbs you totally and you absorb it totally. Everything must fall by the wayside by comparison.”
 (Louise Nevelson)

And today is Man Ray's birthday, how surreal is that?

Wish these were white chocolate, I'd bite off their heads!  But alas, they are more white ceramic, and that seems to be something I am attracted to because it looks so good with my overflowing sagging shelves of useless ironstone I collected for 30+ years.  But the collection doesn't have any squirrels and I refuse to actually buy any so they are collected on the blog instead.  Easier to pack...

The good news today is that the pool dig has started.  I stopped by to get some measurements for the 'secret room' under the stairs because I needed to know to find some comfy rugs so the kids will actually go in there.  Guess I better send out  a memo to buy bathing suits while they are on sale, know those critters grow out of them faster than the seasons change!  Anyway I am headed over to the house early this morning to see if anybody fell in our new hole.

After that I am headed out to do a bit of hurricane readiness-  need lots of dog food, toilet paper, and a few gallons of water. Probably another nothing BUT I sure would feel stupid sitting here in a house with no electricity (or toilet paper!) for a week if Erika does blow through.  The weather peeps are all a'flutter over the coming storm, they can barely contain their excitement.  And I don't even have a door on the new house, let alone have things battened down.  It wouldn't take much of a wind to blow in the temporary door and ruin my brand new floor I haven't even seen yet because it's covered with protective paper.
UPDATE:  The hole is now coated with gunite-  had three trucks there all day squirting stuff in, but they had to leave when the afternoon downpour hit and continued for hours.  Couldn't see the stuff, they had a plastic tent over it.

MEANWHILE:  We are on hurricane watch here-  Erika is on her way coming up the coast.   We have plenty of vodka and I also bought some limes.  No flashlights, no batteries, no window tape.  I have my charger plugged into the car just in case. And the pool will be toilet flushing water.  Still need some for tooth-brushing.  Today's project.

Here are a couple of art related posts that are quite different from my usual ones, hope you find them both interesting (the first video) and very disturbing (the second one).

MIT‘s Glass Lab has created a process for 3D printing with molten glass. They call the process G3DP for “Glass 3D Printing” and it operates with 1900° fahrenheit “kiln cartridges” as it prints the glass into computer-controlled shapes.

The artist Morehshin Allahyari has made a series called “Material Speculation ISIS” which are replicas of artworks destroyed by the Jihad extremist group.  ISIS has been systematically looting and destroying precious artifacts in Syria and Iraq.  In response to this, Iranian-born Allahyari has produced a series which stands as a reminder of her culture’s history. Artwork serves as a link to a nation’s past. The ideas reflected in Allahyari’s work include that by taking over a nation you also destroy their history. The act by ISIS shows that art and artifacts are still seen as strong examples of ideas which can sway a nation. ISIS firmly rejects idolatry and is one of the reasons so many statues are being destroyed.

Attacks on ancient cultural sites by ISIS in retaliation for what the terrorist group considers idolatry continue with the recent destruction of two ancient religious buildings in Syria. Both incidents, in Palmyra and nearby al-Qaryatayn, drew firm condemnation from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, who labelled the militants’ actions war crimes.
On Thursday, ISIS extremists drove bulldozers into the ancient catholic monastery of Mar Elian, demolishing its walls and leaving piles of rubble in their wake because it served as a place for “worshipping a God other than Allah.”

Less than 100 miles away, ISIS delivered yet another attack on the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra, which it has controlled since May. Yesterday, militants loaded the nearly 2,000-year-old Temple of Baalshamin with explosives and blew it up; its cella now lies destroyed and surrounding columns have collapsed, Syria’s antiquities chief told the Guardian. The temple, devoted to the Phoenician god of storms and rains, dates to the Roman era and was one of the best-preserved buildings in the city. Loosley, speaking to BBC, described its cella as “pretty much perfect” before its obliteration.

And with that dispiriting news I am off to batten some more hatches today.  The studio needs some fastening down and some plastic tarps over the more easily damaged things if the roof flies away.  Practicing the 'safe or sorry' routine!

A dear friend of mine left the planet Tuesday.  He was a wonderful talented photographer, a funny friend, and a plain old great guy.  He was a short-lived boyfriend back in the early 60's but we quickly decided that wasn't working and instead became lifelong friends after that.  I will miss him, but continue to use his made-up words for unnamed situations that have become mine after all this time.  And think him each time.  Thankfully I have a few of his photographs sprinkled around the house to think about, all with a quirky viewpoint.  Bye, Wil.  Thanks for being my friend. all these years.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

mouthful weiss traitor

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have"  Maya Angelou

Sorry about this post, something has gone terribly wrong in the formatting department and every time I go to correct it, something else goes awry.  

Banksy’s Dismaland, where he has assembled more then 50 artists to contribute to the dystopian version. Hang in there to catch the magic castle!

Michelle Kingdom uses thread like paint in her highly expressive embroidery of peculiar situations. Her dense embroidery builds up layers of colors and textures, using each stitch to create intricate compositions. Although small in scale, each composition seems to hold endless mystery as it illustrates captivating narratives that are somewhat dreamlike in nature. The artist embraces the use of the thread as a line, as she often connecting the figures included her in work. It is amazing how Michelle Kingdom uses a simple thread to create shadow and depth in her incredibly detailed artwork.

This is supposed to be a Life Hack, but (heh heh) WE know it’s nothing but crocheting! So folks, keep your cables neat by crocheting them, you don’t need no stinking’ video. You’re experts!
How to tie your leads and cables. Keep leads neat and tidy with this simple cable chain. Perfect way to organize leads that are too long, or for storing cables. Stop them getting knotted and tangled together. Ideal for behind your TV or USB computer leads.  Or use duct tape.

Monday, August 24, 2015

primal elongate daredevil

“Good merchandise, even hidden, soon finds buyers.” (Plautus)

I managed to extend my 'birthday week' a few more days, basically because we had dinner plans both nights.  No, nobody knew it was my birthday and no waiters came out of the kitchens to sing over a cupcake.  But both nights that happened to other people in the restaurants, even two celebrations going on the second night.  
TY had managed to find two small lamps I really liked online but they were sold out so I put them in the fergittit file in my head.  Then, the next day he found them again or they were back in stock or somebody changed their mind and I got them!  This is cool because it means I won't be using my broken consignment shop lamps from 1965 Palm Beach royalty.  
The other good thing that happened is that I have yet another room to decorate-  there is a tiny storage room under the stairs and I am making it a playhouse for the kids.  I spent a good chunk of yesterday looking for beanbag chairs that would fit, but most are way too big.  Then I thought it needed a sheepskin rug but know that my animal-centric granddaughter wouldn't enter if there was an animal remnant in there, so started looking for fake flotkili and gave up on that too.  Shiny acrylic.  I did find a spectacular 'monster' pelt on Kickstarter but it never made it and the things were selling at around $400 so decided to make my own.
The felt and thick backing alone probably will cost that.
Like I've got nothing else to do.
THEN I remembered a shag type wool rug that I can't use in the new place, it was cheap to begin with and is deep enough to be comfortable so I am racing over to the house to get the measurements of the hidden room to cut the piece to fit.
THEN I remembered I have several 24" pillows I had made covers for from my Buick Printing experiments!  And miracles do exist-  I found them!  So, I am all set for the kid's space, will add a few things to the wall, might even paint some jungle if I can bend myself into the room without getting leg cramps (!).  Wish I could find a remnant of that iconic palm leaf wallpaper.

Art time:

Would love to do this with my current boring dining room chairs.  Stay tuned

Proving that snow globes aren’t just kitschy souvenirs, artist duo Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz create mini worlds covered by glass domes that are dark, gloomy, and slightly sinister. The scenarios they build are usually set in a stark wintery landscape and feature characters carrying out strange, ill-disposed acts on each other.
Working together since 1994, Martin and Muñoz source different figurines or model making elements, cut them up and re-assemble them as victims or criminals at a crime scene. They use plumber’s epoxy to build the base of the scenes, and cover it in a water resistant resin. Then, they fill up the globes with a water and alcohol solution, to create the authenticity of the object.

And I guess now I will wind down my birthday week and start planning the August 2016 festivities.

Friday, August 21, 2015

hampton grommet lenin

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

It's that time of year when I stick my head into the sand and hope for a quick trip to tomorrow.  This year I am giving myself a gift of a changed birth year.  Not only will I be younger but I will thwart all the identity thieves with my new information.  And while I'm at it I might just change my name.  One time UPS brought me a package addressed to 'Sanora'-  they had mistaken the 'D' for an 'O' and I though it ever so much more sophisticated than Sandy, though 'Sandy' will be an even a more perfect nickname!  HORRORS, I am being tested!
You are being tested today, and how you respond to the current emotional pressure has direct consequences in the future. However, complicated relationship dynamics or demanding work schedules are merely temporary detours. Be careful, if you're moving too fast, an unexpected speed bump might cause serious damage. Luckily, most trouble can be averted if you see the obstacles in advance. Take your cues from the ongoing feedback that reality offers and plan your course accordingly. Observing the rules of the road increases your chances for success.
This morning TY woke me at 6 and said we are gonna walk the dogs down to the new house before it gets too hot.  Then, he says, we can take them out for breakfast.  (Several diners around here have dog spaces outside but since it's 90 at 8 AM I wasn't in a hurry to have a dog on a leash as I eat my egg.)  This threw me because nothing I like better in the morning than a quiet cup of coffee and a little catching up on internet news. I also knew that I had to get the bed linens in the wash and get to Publix to buy the special cleaning preparations my cleaning team calls for, then I had to get back to the house to meet the people who are putting in the counters to tell them where I want the faucets.  And wash my hair and take a shower because we're going out tonight. 

Yup, my dentist remembered.
The cleaning woman left me a note too:  
MOP HEAD in machine.
Happy Birthday, K.
My HOA remembered with a lovely card of themselves.  I can't imagine who has to address and keep track of all the cards they must send out-  I think I need to take it up at the next meeting to give me a credit for what they spend and cease and desist sending stuff.
I get a free car wash today, 
AND 15% off an order of guacamole at Rocco's Tacos OR if I bring 3 other people for dinner, it's free with a pitcher of Sangria.
I am 'invited' to come buy some birthday shoes at the Shoe Spa,
and we got 10% off out breakfast at Susie Q's diner for breakfast.
Sephora has some deal waiting for me all month too.

I got to the house a second time this morning to tell the Guy where to put the button for the disposal, then (TA-DAH) to the studio where I wrestled with the Big Slasher for a couple of hours.  Putting it together sure made my mistakes apparent-  I am trying to rip sections out and re-sew as I hit the bumps and lumps.  The top section sewed on to the middle section without a hitch, but the #@$%^&* bottom section was full of blocks too bit and blocks too small.  It weighs a ton and I don't even have the back on it yet.  So stupid...I *thought my invincible self could handle it.  Self took a vacation and left me high and dry.

SO, lets gaze at some art!

The morbid sculptures of Caitlin T. McCormack would fit right in at your next Halloween party. She creates beautifully intricate skeletons of fictional creatures – rodents, seahorses, insects and animals. Not only do they look fragile, macabre, antique, precious and ghoulish, but you would probably be surprised to learn what they are made from. The artist actually discovered that covering crocheted cotton string in PVA glue stiffens the material, producing a bone-like effect.

What appears to be part of a spring wedding bouquet is actually a nest for a rare species of solitary bee, a new study says.
Called a "flower sandwich," the three-tiered arrangement consists of a thin layer of petals on the outside, then a layer of mud, and finally another layer of petals lining the inside of the chamber, according to study leader Jerome Rozen, a curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
At the core of the sandwich is the bee's larva, which feasts on nectar and pollen deposited inside the chamber by its parent before the egg is laid and the nest is sealed. (Related: "Bees Like It Hot: Pollinators Prefer Warm Flowers, Study Reveals.")
The colorful nesting behavior of the Osmia avosetta bees was discovered on the same day by teams in Turkey and Iran, where the insects are mostly found. 

Unless of course the holiday is a  birthday.
Happy Holidays, everybody!  Thanks for the cards and emails!
(and car washes and dental attentions)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

hampton grommet lenin

Eventually you will reach a point when you stop 
lying about your age and start bragging about it. 

In honor of the cosmos today, and getting ready for tomorrow, here are a couple of lions I snapped in front of a Venice antique store.  If I could have bought one and gotten it back to Boston I would have gotten it it's own seat on Air Italia! Neptune is in retrograde now, but it's not supposed to be important:
You have highly specific ideas about how to perform your chores today and you aren't interested in debating the merits of your choices. Unfortunately, no one will be a winner in a conflict if push comes to shove, even if you really do know what's best for everyone involved. Sharing your perspective isn't enough now; avoid an escalation of emotions by practicing the art of compromise. Acting with a spirit of generosity leads to the most harmonious outcome. 

I know I promised two but this little guy is cute enough for both, isn't he?

Yesterday was awful-  we had already picked out stone for the patio (we call it 'hardscape' in the trade...) but the bid came in and it was listed as HARVEST GOLD: I don't think so, not with the gray house I have going.  And it was also way way over budget so off we go on an hour+ ride down to the stone yard.  We met the Guy who wrote the proposal and looked at tumbled marble in the flesh and found the exact one we wanted but the size wasn't all available so we pieced it up with a smaller size for the smaller areas.   Then back we went up north for another hour+ ride to the paver yard where we found something that was acceptable for the driveway...and cheaper.  I know this all is scintillating to you, driving around looking at rocks, but that's how I spent my whole friggin day.  
We got home to a giant black cloud above and I had TY drop me at the studio just to be amongst my Stuff for a while.  I am making boxes out of anaglyptic wallpaper which chooses not to stick with the glue I'm using so I fought that for awhile and stuck all my good pins in to hold it in place.  Then I took a deep breath and dove into layering the Big Slasher quilt.  
It has some problems, and I was trying to fix them as I pinned but there are some pleats and some puckers and it isn't lying flat as I want.  So todays mission is to get the damn thing fastened down to the batting and smoothed out as best as I can.  I was going to quilt (minimally!) each third and then sew them together but I am so Uninvested in this right now that I will just suck it up and get it together once and for all.  The UP side to all of this is I pretty much cleared my entire shelf of blacks down to scraps.  A good thing.  

So, to talk of something more pleasant, how about some odd architectural art?  (This first guy kills me since I can't even get my stupid quilt straight.)

Korean artist Do Ho Suh (previously here) has just completed his largest artwork to date at Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Titled Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home, the giant installation represents two previous residences the artist lived in at 1:1 scale, one structure inside the built with jade-colored silk evoking the feel of a 3D blueprint. The smaller structure is a traditional Korean home where Suh grew up a child which he then suspended inside a replica of his first residence in the United States, a modern apartment building in Providence, Rhode Island. The piece is so large that visitors are invited to walk inside and virtually explore it.

UK artist Debbie Smyth who uses hundreds of needles and delicate lengths of thread to create wall-sized installations. Via her website:
Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings; these playful yet sophisticated contemporary artworks are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work beautifully blurs the boundaries between fine art drawings and textile art, flat and 3D work, illustration and embroidery, literally lifting the drawn line off the page in a series of “pin and thread” drawings.

some days you eat the fish, some days the fish eats you.